Written by Mineola American Editorial Staff Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00
For the second year in a row the Mineola Mustang Varsity Wrestlers came away as the Division 2 Nassau County Championship. Four athletes from Mineola were crowned champions and participated in the NYS wrestling Championships in Albany.
The Mustangs finished over 60 points ahead of 2nd place Oyster Bay. Senior Steve O’Connor was voted the tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler after his dominating performance in the finals over his opponent from Carle Place.
O’Connor also received the Nassau County Sportsmanship Award from the Nassau Coaches while at the state tournament. Sophomore Matt Long started the team off by winning the championship at 135 lbs.
Matt was then followed by seniors O’Connor at 145 lbs, Christian Euell at 189 lbs, and returning County Champ Dan Granados at 215 lbs. The team also had 4 runner-ups with 9th grader Brenden Pusey at 96 lbs, Senior Joe Barcos at 125 lbs, and Juniors Willie Cashin at 130 lbs, and Dave Valmond at 140 lbs.
The Mustangs had a number of other top 3 place finishers with sophomores Justin Sandler at 112 lbs and Juan Galvez at 171 lbs, Junior Bruno Ferreira at 285 lbs, and Senior and co-Captain Nick Fabiano at 130 lbs. Nick and co-Captain O’Connor led the team through a successful dual meet season and helped get the team ready for the championship tournament.
Mustangs entered 29 wrestlers out of a possible 30 entries. Most of the boys entered came away with at least one victory to add to the team’s point total.
Also contributing to the victory were, varsity wrestlers Luigi Miranda, Joe Massaro, Anthony Riccardi, Pat Clarke, Vin Pawlowski, and Dave Gorry. There were a number of JV wrestlers that did a good job and added some scoring to the championship total.
Those boys are Freshmen Bruno Benitez, Jacob Escober, Ken Faath, Matt Diaz, Leo Gorry, Nick O’Connor, Dennis Salmeron, Mike Sullivan ,Andrew Rodrigues, and Milandip Toor and sophomores are Yosh Amaya, Tevin Carlo, and Pedro Miranda.
The graduating seniors will be hard to replace, but with some hard work and dedication the remaining team members will look to make 3 in a row.